Have any friends not your age? Find yourself griping about people older/younger than you? How about making an intentional friend in that age group? Entrust’s Operation CrossGen is a low-key initiative giving you ideas on how to build that friendship, learn about that person and build a bridge. Check it out and jump in today.
During these lazy, hazy days of summer, try to learn about your cross-generational friend’s thoughts on time. Ask your friend what she likes to do when she has nothing to do. Is she comfortable with having “nothing to do?” Is there a difference between what he says he likes to do and what he actually does with free time? Is she at peace with how she uses her time? Ask, listen, absorb and learn!
What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens at home needs to leave home. We’re talking about faith here, about a real-life walk with Christ. As you send your kids off to school, jobs, the military, you don’t want them ditching their faith at the door.
Surveys show most kids walk away from faith because of broken homes. If your home has suffered a marriage break-up, it doesn’t have to mean an end of believing for your kids. Pray for them. Keep pointing them to God as the only one who does not change or let us down. Pray for godly friends and mentors to come into their lives. If you know kids from broken homes, pray for them, look into mentoring one or more, show them the reality of Jesus at work even in the hurt and mess of all our lives.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8) Let’s pray together that our families’ next generations know this, cling to this and pass it on. Because it’s true!
We’re focusing on finances this month with our cross-generational friends. This week, ask, “What is one thing you wish were different about your financial situation?” The only non-acceptable answer is, “I wish I had more.” If you don’t get a substantial response, try one or more of these variations on the question. “What’s something you wish you’d known earlier about money?” “What aspect of managing your money is most difficult for you?” “What goals do you have in relation to finances?” Again, “get rich quick” is not an acceptable answer! Ask, listen, learn.
Re-visit the idea of money with your cross-generational friend this month. Ask if he follows (or even tries to follow) a budget. Does she have one or more savings accounts? Are those accounts ear-marked for anything special? Do they choose to give to charities, churches or other causes? Why or why not? Ask, listen, seek to understand your friend’s financial world.
It’s catch-up time. If you haven’t had a chance to take any of our previous cross-generational challenges, now is the time. Maybe schedule a meal or coffee date or walk with your OCG friend and seek to discuss any of the topics we’ve suggested so far. Maybe you haven’t had a chance yet to take up Challenge #9 by entering your friend’s world for a couple of hours, or Challenge #10, inviting your friend into your world. If you are all caught up, make a point to get together with your friend this week for conversation. Pay attention to any additional insights you can gain about his/her generation.
Have you had a chance to join your Operation CrossGen friend on his or her turf yet? Hung out where he hangs out, engaged in an activity she feels strongly about? Tell us about it. What did you learn?
Now, it’s equal time time. Invite your OCG friend into your world. Spend some time together doing something that is very much a part of your world, whether a hobby or a difficult task or a cause or a mundane part of life. Afterward, debrief with your OCG friend about the experience and be share your experience with all of us.